He is good and great, but severe; and, for me, cold as an iceberg. He is not like you, sir: I am not happy at his side, nor near him, nor with him. He has no indulgence for me – no fondness. He sees nothing attractive in me; not even youth – only a few useful mental points.

– Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre, Chapter 37. When Jane describes what she has been doing for the past ten months, Rochester becomes jealous of St. John Rivers and believes that Jane loves him. But Jane reassures him that St. John has no love for her. She uses a simile to compare him to the coldness of an iceberg.